BIC opening a second office in eastern Ontario

A Sarnia-based backer of bioindustry startups is expanding. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is opening a second office in Brockville, Ont., it announced recently. Working with the St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission and St. Lawrence College, BIC’s new location will “reinforce its continued support for the development of a second hybrid chemistry cluster in Eastern Ontario,”… Read more »

Foundation accepting applications

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation is once again accepting funding applications for local capital projects. Deadline for applications is April 1, with successful applications announced later that month. Eligibility criteria can be found at Over its 30-year history, the Foundation has advanced about $5 million for numerous community projects; include addiction services at… Read more »

Sarnia hosting Ontario college basketball championship

The best college basketball in Ontario is coming to Sarnia. Lambton College is preparing to host the 2020 Ontario College Athletics Association basketball championships, which will feature the top eight college teams in the province. The Lambton Lions defeated St. Clair College 88-83 last week to improve to 8-8 on the season. As the host… Read more »

Unvaccinated students face suspension

About 1,800 Lambton County students risk school suspension because their immunization records are not up to date, Lambton Public Health says. Many students on the suspension list may have already received all the required vaccines but parents and guardians didn’t report those records. The deadline to update immunization records is March 2. “School suspension orders… Read more »

Indigenous-led lab tracking industry with app, website

Troy Shantz A group of Indigenous researchers have developed a website and smartphone app to help local First Nations residents identify and report harmful emissions from the Chemical Valley. The Land and the Refinery ( is a place to share research, archival documents, environmental data, and community knowledge about industry and the land, according to… Read more »

OPINION: Head-on train collision caused appalling loss of life

The story is little known today, largely forgotten, even in Sarnia. But speaking of the “Wanstead Wreck” a century ago would evoke the same chill as the words “Lac-Megantic” rail disaster do today. It happened at night, in a blistering blizzard, 33 kilometres east of Sarnia in the former hamlet of Wanstead, today regarded as… Read more »

Kinsmen Ribfest moving to Canatara Park this year

The Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest will return this year on Father’s Day weekend with a new venue, new financial sponsor and a slew of tribute bands. The Carpenters’ union, Local 1256, is the popular event’s new presenting sponsor, the club announced last week. Ribfest is also moving from Centennial Park to Canatara Park to take advantage… Read more »

Gold Medal

The Sarnia Vahalla major bantam girls downed the Tri City Thunder 47-28 in the finals on Feb. 2 to complete a four-game sweep and win gold at the London 86ers Tournament in Strathroy. From left are, front row: Lauren Kennedy, Lillian Bernard, Ella Ferrera and Zoie Milner; back row: Coach Fred Sheane, Maddy Langford, Addison… Read more »